Uruguay

Costa Rica

England

Italy

By Zinzi Edmundson

Uruguay

Puerto Madero
puertomaderomarket.com
1225 W 17th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706; 

Before your heart fills Internet-rage and you're compelled to the comments section: Yes, this is an Argentinian deli in Santa Ana named for a port neighborhood in Buenos Aires. But, short of the national consulate, there’s not much locally for the Uruguay enthusiast. Word is Argentinian food is pretty damn near close, this place serves a mean empanada and chivito sandwich—and they have three TVs which will all be tuned to World Cup soccer. So, this is the place for a Uruguayan-ish experience in the Southern California. There's also a Malbec from Uruguay at K&L Wine Merchants if you're so inclined.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Restaurante
costaricarestaurantanaheim.com
2500 W. Lincoln Ave.
Anaheim, CA  92801

If you won’t give up until you’ve found Tica-style tacos, fried plantains, five different ways to eat red snapper and Costa Rican karaoke, there’s only one place to go in Southern California (no, really): Costa Rica in Anaheim. Since it’s the only game in town, we’re guessing that, come game-time, this place will be packed with more Costa Rican ex-pats as can safely fit. Also, every page of their website plays a delightful song. 

England

Robin Hood British Pub
robinhoodpub.net
13640 Burbank Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91401

Nestled in a major thoroughfare in Van Nuys, Robin Hood Pub is, actually, startlingly authentic. While the Boddington’s ads and other British ephemera might strike true Anglophiles as a bit—how can we put this—hoakie, a stirring and charmingly competitive round of darts, actual pint-size pints, and perfect English summertime fare like pot pie and puddings would make just about anyone an easy convert. Plus there are two gigantic televisions, since you’re obviously just there to watch soccer anyway. 

Italy

Joe's Ice
joesice.com
12302 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840

When it comes to Italian, we’re partial to Cosmo’s for obvious reasons, but sometimes—especially when unwieldy temperatures plague the Southland—real-deal Ice is the only way to go. The only west coast location of a lauded, Philadelphia-based chain, Joe’s fulfills our frozen needs and then some. Go for the classic or try the Joe Latti: your choice of an enormous portion of Italian Ice, topped with a cartoonishly perfect swirl of vanilla ice cream.

 

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